Dental implants are highly successful dental prosthetics, and having problems is rare. However, sometimes dental implants loosen or the prosthetic which resembles your tooth falls off. Should you be having problems with your dental implants, Dr. Olivia M. Rodrigues will be happy to fix the damage promptly and professionally.
If your implant becomes loose, it may be because the titanium implant has not fused into the jawbone. The process, which is called osseointegration, is necessary for the dental implant to function like a regular tooth. When osseointegration occurs well, the jaw grows and accumulates bone around the implant over a period of time to secure the implant. When the process remains incomplete, the dental implant will remain unstable. Certain problems could arise during the osseointegration process, which could allow your implant to fail ultimately. These problems include periodontal disease and infection, which can cause bone degeneration. If you notice that you are exhibiting symptoms of gum disease or infection such as red, inflamed, or bleeding gums, you should notify our dental office right away. Even a simple toothache could lead to a failed dental implant if not properly check out by our dental staff.
If the dental crown is damaged, we may be able to replace it without needing to touch the titanium implant. If the prosthetic tooth fell out and you still have it, please bring it with you to your dental appointment.
In the event that your actual implant fails, Dr. Olivia M. Rodrigues will remove your dental implant. This may require surgery. The condition of your jawbone will determine if a bone graft is necessary. Before replacing the implant, you will need to heal. We will be happy to discuss the many options available to you in greater detail.
If you have a failed dental implant, we will examine to see if the problem affects only the crown or if it is more serious. This exam will also include an x-ray to look at the health of your jawbone. To learn more, call our dental office.